Henrike came as a volunteer in December 2012, while on a road trip up the coast with her son Max. She stayed for a month, thriving in the peaceful and balanced Krishna Farm atmosphere and the healthy organic environment. It soon became apparent that her business background and management experience would allow the Krishna Village to grow and expand, so she moved to Murwillumbah in April 2013 and co-managed the Village for several years. In May 2016 she took on the role of managing director and has since continued to grow an awesome team and expand the Krishna Village Centre for Yogic Studies to provide even more accredited trainings and courses.
Aside from the management side of things, her main focus is her Life and Business Coaching practice. She holds a Diploma in Life Coaching, is a Master Practitioner of NLP and, apart from coaching clients in her private practice, acts as a mentor for new Life Coaches for TCI (The Coaching Institute) in Melbourne. Henrike gives weekly coaching classes for the Yoga Teacher Trainees and retreat guests and is available for 1:1 sessions upon request.
Malcolm has been teaching yoga since 2008, and brings all his passion for transforming lives on and off the mat through yoga to our Yoga Teacher Training course. Mal has seen the power of yoga in his own life, and how a daily practice has improved so many aspects of his physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.
A keen surfer, Mal has developed and taught yoga for surfing, improving participants' core strength, balance and agility, as well as specialising in teaching yoga to help people manage anxiety, depression and addiction. Mal rounds off his bhakti yogi lifestyle by being a sought after musician in the Kirtan scene, playing in Kirtan ensemble enCHANTed as well as working with a variety of performers playing flute, guitar, harmonium and singing.
Mal is also an incredible handyman and helps building and fixing a lot of things around the Krishna Village. During our Yoga Teacher Trainings he won't only make you work on the mat, but will also spend most of your seva hours with you.
Damodar Govinda Das
Damodar is the Krishna Village volunteer manager and oversees all the different jobs around the retreat center and gardens that have to get done every day. Originally from Italy, he came to the Krishna Village in early 2016 to complete his own Yoga Teacher Training and – like we all did – fell in love with the place and the people. Having a degree in agricultural and environmental studies and extensive management experience, running the ISKCON Villa Vrindavana in Florence (Italy) for one year, he has been a great addition to the crew and is looking forward to meet you if you come as a volunteer or Karma Yogi.
Sanatani joined the Krishna Village team in mid 2016 and is heading up our kitchen - one of the most important jobs! Born in a Hare Krishna community, she has been vegetarian all her life and has grown up in Italy and India. Apart from being an excellent cook, she is also an artist. From a young age, she studied classical Indian Odissi dance and has performed all over the world.
Param - or Parambrahma - is the Brasilian head gardener of the Krishna Village. With his team, he grows a large variety of delicious veggies for our kitchen. Along with his volunteers, he digs, mulches, weeds and harvests and passes on little gems of garden knowledge as he goes. Outside of his Krishna Village work hours, you might also find him cooking at the temple kitchen, or seeing him as a pujari on the temple altar, dressing and tending to the Deities.
If you are lucky, you might also catch him performing some Capoeira moves.
Lila completed an Education degree at the University of Technology Sydney in 1998, and has been teaching yoga since 2005. After spending 2.5 years deeply immersed in the yogic lifestyle as a volunteer in a yoga ashram, from 2008 onwards she has been working full time as a yoga teacher trainer in Byron Bay [Certificate IV in Yoga Teaching, RYT-500, Cert IV in Training and Assessment]. She completed Pre/Postnatal Yoga training with Bliss Baby Yoga in 2012, and now also is a regular presenter on their courses. After becoming a mother, Lila completed a Kid's Yoga teacher training with Zenergy Yoga in 2014 and occasionally teaches Mum's and Bubs, Mum's and Toddlers and Kid's yoga classes in the Byron Shire.
Lila also holds a Diploma of Remedial Massage, is the lead singer of the enCHANTed band which holds regular kirtan evenings in the Byron Shire and at Yoga Festivals, and has a deep knowledge and understanding of Ayurveda through years of study and regular trips to India. Lila is a passionate Bhakti yogi inspired to share the things she loves through yoga teacher trainings.
Michael is a Yogic Science teacher by day and writer by night. At 17, while studying Maths, Physics & Business, he was noticed by Young Enterprise after joint-founding a company that personalised gifts in London. It won a Future100 award for ethical and environmentally-friendly business. At university he met a student of the mentor of both Muhammad Ali and Nelson Mandela who exposed him to the spiritual path of Bhakti-yoga.
After graduating from Cass Business School and trading for a global bank, he decided to explore the wisdom of yoga further. Having been to India 9 times in the last 6 years to study the secrets of Indic wisdom texts like the Bhagavad-Gita, he was invited to teach philosophy and host interactive seminars in universities and institutions in places like the UK, Belgium, Netherlands, Nigeria, India, Australia & NZ from 2010.
Outside of teaching Michael enjoys travelling, cycling, playing football, volleyball, basketball, rapping, advising, problem-solving and challenges anyone on earth at table tennis.
Karunika is the lovely and welcoming face you will first encounter when visiting the Krishna Village reception. She has been a part of the Krishna Farm community for many years and has joined the Krishna Village team in July 2016. With a wealth of experience in running cafes, shops and her artist husband Danshwar's gallery for many years, she is not only making sure that we are well organised, but has also an incredible eye for details. As a mother of seven, she is the most caring and kind hearted soul and mother-of-all. In addition, she holds a degree in counselling and is therefore a compassionate listener and experienced advisor.
Devi is a volunteer manager in the Krishna Village kitchen team alongside Sanatani. She moved to Australia from her home in Austria, where she grew up and completed her studies as a Social Worker and a degree in arts and photography. As a child of an Austrian mother and Indian father she was exposed to both cultures all her life, and developed a deep interest in topics like yoga and Ayurveda. Whilst still in Austria, she was running Ayurvedic cooking courses and will do so at the Krishna Village soon, too...
Jane came as a volunteer in early 2016 and fell in love with the community, the people, the landscape and the philosophy, so she decided to stay and move into the ashram for a while. After growing up in Germany, she lived in Bali for a year before travelling to Australia and deciding to stay. Since then, she has trained her leadership skills in several departments of the Krishna Village and has started to co-manage the volunteers alongside Damodar.